Canada column for Sunday, March 25/12
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Canada’s government continues its quest to boost prosperity by selling some of its vast energy resources to Asian Pacific countries after feeling snubbed by the United States.
In Thailand, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced an agreement for talks toward a free-trade deal.
This is his second visit and sales pitch to Asia after the U.S. government shelved a decision on allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to deliver Canadian crude oil to Texas refineries.
"Our government believes it's essential that we be able to sell our energy products outside of North America to countries other than the United States," Harper said.
After the Keystone decision delay, Canada now wants to proceed with the Northern Gateway pipeline to move Alberta crude one province west to British Columbia ports to supply oil-thirsty Asian countries.
Harper visited China in February and on this trip will also visit Japan and South Korea to talk trade.